Actual design work for the first Chevy, the costly Series C Classic Six, was drawn up by Etienne Planche, following instructions from Louis.
The first C prototype was ready months before Chevrolet was actually incorporated.
Chevrolet-branded vehicles are sold in most automotive markets worldwide, with the notable exception of Oceania, where GM is represented by its Australian subsidiary, Holden; Chevrolet announced a return to the region beginning in 2018 after a 50-year absence.
Chevrolet had a great influence on the American automobile market during the 1950s and 1960s.
In 1953 it produced the Corvette, a two-seater sports car with a fiberglass body.
By 1916, Chevrolet was profitable enough with successful sales of the cheaper Series 490 to allow Durant to repurchase a controlling interest in General Motors.
After the deal was completed in 1917, Durant became president of General Motors, and Chevrolet was merged into GM as a separate division. Worth, Texas, and Oshawa, Ontario General Motors of Canada Limited.